39%. Is This What Democracy Looks Like?


voter_apathy_431035As a major urban center in one of the world’s leading democracies we need to take a good hard look at ourselves Ottawa.

This is the capital city of Canada.

It’s not insignificant that more than 60% of our eligible voters did not participate in the municipal election.

I understand anger towards those who want to destroy our way of life. I share those concerns. It gripped our city for the past week and it’s still raw.

But how can there be such a big disconnect with our citizenry that they are so passionate about democracy and yet fail to exercise the most basic and fundamental of their democratic rights by skipping the election?

Should we not be just a little ashamed of a 39% turnout?

Can’t we all strengthen our democracy through such relatively simple acts?

We cannot be in complete control of others but we can get ourselves to the voting booth. And until that once again becomes important to us, there is an enemy within.

Apathy and democracy are a truly unhealthy mix.

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About Keenan Wellar

I'm a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of local social change charitable organization LiveWorkPlay.ca which helps the community welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens. I also have alter-egos that support the Ottawa RedBlacks and Ottawa Fury. Find me on Twitter @socialkeenan @liveworkplay @redblacksfanabove @furyfanabove. I'm all over Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn too. Also spotted outdoors from time to time, mainly in the Glebe area.
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